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Is Rape Different?

Department of Law ‘Debating Law’ series

Date: Wednesday 30 October 2013 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Nazir Afzal, Barbara Hewson, Helen Reece, Professor Jennifer Temkin
Chair: Professor Mike Redmayne

Rape is a heinous crime, and many people believe the conduct and outcome of rape cases insufficiently reflect this heinousness. As a result, rape complainants are treated differently; distinct rules of evidence have been developed; and measures to tackle rape myths are in place. But is all this helpful? Rape is a serious crime but is it a special crime, demanding special treatment? Do our rule of law and fairness pay a price? In this first debate in LSE Department of Law's ‘Debating Law’ series, LSE academic Helen Reece leads a debate on whether or not rape is in this sense special.

Nazir Afzal is chief crown prosecutor for CPS North West.

Barbara Hewson is a barrister in Hardwicke Chambers.

Helen Reece is reader of Law at LSE.

Jennifer Temkin is a professor at City Law School.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEdifferent

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